Another Country 2
"Another Country 2 takes us deeper into the heartland of American 'alt.country' -- a place of otherworldly harmonies, stripped-down arrangements, plangent guitars, clanking banjos and a short-story anthology's-worth of intriguing narratives. Not one artist here emanates from Nashville, though the rest of the country is well represented. There are beautiful, harmony-laced porch hymnals from New York's elegantly melodious Cub Country and Georgia's disarmingly intimate Azure Ray. There's heart-swelling, arcane boogie from Brooklynites The Boggs and died-in-the-wool Southerners Iron & Wine. Elsewhere, Arizonan legends Giant Sand chip in with a slice of beauteous desert-flecked country rock, while North Carolina's superstar-elect Ryan Adams and Austin's bucolic troubadours Okkervil River tip their feed caps toward Dylanesque folk-rock. Another Country 2 showcases country music, then, but not so as you'd notice. These are songs that, irrespective of genre, you'll simply want to inhabit. Like a tumbledown cottage or a beloved pair of boots; they have a lived-in charm that's truly beguiling."